SOUTH AFRICAN MINEWORKERS WORKERS' INDICTMENT OF ANGLO AMERICAN MANAGEMENT

by United Mine Workers of America
Washington, DC, United States
December 1988 or early 1989
2 pages
Type: Report
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The report says the following is a summary of a report issued in December 1988 by the Media and Research Department of the National Union of Mineworkers (South Africa) under the title "Collective Bargaining at Anglo American Mines - A Model For Reform or Repression?" The report says this document was Abstract by: N. Ngubo. The report says this report is based on the results of a structured questionnaire administered in the months of October and November 1988 to every National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) branch committee at each Anglo American gold and coal mine in South Africa; a total of 13 gold mine and 9 coal mine branches participated in the survey; the purpose of the survey was to investigate into workers' experiences of collective bargaining, daily work and compound life during the periods before unionization, after the formation of the NUM but prior to the August 1987 national workers' strike, and since the strike; the study, itself was prompted by the recognition that although prior to the 1987 miners' strike Anglo American was perceived by NUM as having the most advanced industrial relations practices in the mining industry, it has since changed dramatically such that its practices may now be regarded as amongst the most repressive; since the 1987 strike, there has been an intensification of control on the mines and the rolling back of the gains won by the NUM since unionisation. The report says there prevails in the workplace and compounds a systematic attack upon workers' rights and the NUM in the form of derecognition of union structures by some managements, closure of union offices on some mine properties, denial of the right to hold meetings unimpeded or unwatched by management, and severe intimidation of union members. The report says in spite of the new legislation aimed at eradicating this factor, job discrimination still remains a hot item in the catalog of abuses that black miners complain of; workers experience an increasing number of assaults, orders to perform dangerous work, disciplinary charges and dismissals, tighter controls over their movements into and out of the compounds, illegal searching of their rooms and tight management control through private security forces. The report discusses Anglo-American Corporation. [Note: N. Ngubo is presumably Nomonde Ngubo.]
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers